Saturday, August 03, 2013 10:38 pm
1 dead, 1 injured in Miss. skydiving accident
The Associated Press
Lamar County Emergency Management Director James Smith confirmed the fatality to the Hattiesburg American. He said the surviving skydiver has been transported to a hospital with fractures to his extremities and possible head injuries.
Smith said the two jumped in tandem during a Saturday flight conducted by Lumberton-based Gold Coast Skydivers, but that there was an equipment malfunction.
After the two didn't show up at a nearby airport, Smith said Gold Coast Skydivers looked for them for a few hours and then notified authorities. The two were found in a swampy area more than a mile from the airport. No one answered a phone number for Gold Coast Skydivers Saturday night.